Archive of ‘Entrance ways and Outdoor Spaces’ category

Transform, Update and Revamp Your Staircase! Ideas for Every Set of Stairs.

One of my more recent favorite projects for DIY Network was transforming my friend and photographer, Susan Teare’s staircase in her 1800’s home. For Susan’s stairs I decided to try something new-wallpapering them! (The risers at least.) P.S. The “After” shots of this staircase transformation project are by Susan Teare…of course.

After a extensive search on the web, I came across a wallpaper that I thought would look great — vintage Mexican tile wallpaper on With a lot of prep work (the stairs were in bad shape since they used to have a rug on them), five coats of white paint on the treads and a couple of the risers, I was ready to add the wallpaper — the change is dramatic. Hope you check out the how-to do-it-yourself process shots on DIY Network.

Here are a few more of my favorite staircase transformations with paint, reclaimed wood, salvaged rulers, vintage tiles and more…

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I love Antique Tiles — so this eclectic arrangement of vintage tiles on the stair risers is one of my personal favorites posted on Antique Tile Lady’s blog site.

How to Build in an Easy Sunroom Bench out of Salvaged Wood

Photo by Susan Teare

I love how this sunroom built-in bench turned out.  It’s so simple and affordable! Just watch the DIY NETWORK VIDEO to see how easy it is for you to do! A few pieces of scrap wood, some pretty trim, a cushion and you’re ready to curl up and read a good book!
My Best, Joanne

HOW TO VIDEOS: Build Your Own Farm House Table, Update Your Fireplace, Build a Mudroom Wall for Hooks and Make a Bathroom Vanity From a Vintage Dresser

I am thrilled and honored to share with you my first DIY NETWORK VIDEOS! A BIG THANK YOU to Peter at DIY NETWORK, Patti, Rob, Harlem, Missy, Beecher, Dave, Angela, Skippy Michael, Phil and the rest of the gang at Filmshack. Dave and the folks at Mason Brother Architectural Salvage, and everyone at the ReBuild Center, plus my talented friends, Tina and Shannon, who helped so much and many, many other amazing individuals and companies.  It was a busy, crazy, fun experience. There are still 4 more videos coming! Hope you enjoy the transformations! Let me know what you think!
And on to the show(s)…


Video on How to Make Your Own Farm House Dining Table Out of Reclaimed Wood and Posts


Salvage Mantel and Surround! Repurposed Fireplace Video



Video on How to Add Salvaged Wood to Make a Great Mudroom. An  easy way to add storage and hanging space in your entrance way!



Update Your Bathroom Vanity with a Recycled Dresser Video

Repurposing Old Dresser for Cool Mudroom Design Storage!

Happy Friday everyone.  It’s finally snowing here -Yippee!  Which is perfect timing to show off another great DIY NETWORK project… MUDROOM STORAGE to help store all those hats and mittens. A special thanks to all my DIY Network pals for publishing my lastest DIY project, “How to Turn an Old Dresser Into Mudroom Storage.”  It looks fabulous and the family whose mudroom it is-they use it all the time. Check out the step by step instructions on how you can turn an old recycled dresser into a fabulous mudroom storage piece. 
Below is another great DIY NETWORK project for those of us who aren’t going to play in the snow and are thinking BEACH! Check out the many how-to COFFEE TABLES ideas they have, including my design…a SHADOW BOX COFFEE TABLE.
Big thank you to Susan Teare for taking these pictures.
My Best, Joanne

Entrance Way On Better Homes and Garden Site Today!

My Front door and entryway chatted about today on Better Homes and Garden Website!

I love when I’m researching salvage design ideas online and come across pictures of my own home. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Online used my front door as a great example of an exterior entryway design — I’m honored and humbled!  Thanks guys.  They have some other really cool ideas as well.  I can always find something I like on their site — and I can always find some salvaged material to make it happen!  Big thank you to Karin Lidbeck Brent for doing this fun photo shoot for BH&G. Hi to Amy, Joanna and Jane at BH&G.
My Best,